We are thankful for the women of the Ladies Guild as they are instrumental in supporting the functions of the church while preserving the traditions of the Armenian culture.
Women of all ages who desire to serve their church are invited to join the Ladies Guild. Meetings are held on the second Monday of each month, beginning with a social period from 6:30pm-7:00pm. Meetings run from 7:00pm-8:30pm.
Those interested in becoming part of the ladies guild, please contact the Church office at 617-924-7562
History of St. Stephen’s Ladies Guild
Three years before the groundbreaking in 1956, and four years before the 1957 consecration of St. Stephen’s Armenian Church, a group of dedicated, visionary ladies met in an Army quonset hut, now the site of the church. Though relatively small in number, each woman paticipated in creative ideas for raising funds for the consecration and final completion of the Church. From such meager beginnings when meetings were held in homes, where food for luncheons or breakfast was provided by the hostess, the Ladies Guild was evolved into a membership of one hundred and ninteteen with monthly meetings in the Church Hall.
First Ladies Guild
The first Ladies Guild executive consisted of Makrouhi Guzelian, chairlady Makrouhi Nahabedian, co-chairlady, Clara Russian, treasurer, Araxy Ayvazian, secretary, and Margaret Kaloosdian, Anahid Changelian, and Mary Peroonian as advisors.
A very zealous kitchen plannings committee completely revised plans to make the kitchen a more functional area. The competency of these women set the standards which the Guild had been striving to successfully attain. That goal, and more, was successfully accomplished.
The Ladies Guild has continued with the original project such as bake sales, Lenten dinners, hokejashs, major involvement in St. Stephen’s annual bazaars, meals for the National Representatives Assembly hosted by the Church, and visits to the Armenian Nursing home in Jamaica Plain.
Our Ladies Guild is the backbone, the pulse of our community. They are always ready and willing to serve. Their contributions, both physically and financially, are invaluable and we are forever thankful for their service.